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From Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

Everloving God, to your glory we celebrate the dedication/consecration of this house of prayer; we praise you for the many blessings you have given to those who worship here; may all who seek you in this place find you, and, being filled with the power of your Spirit, become a living temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.  Amen.

or

The heaven of heavens is yours, O God, your Spirit rules the world; you are everywhere and in everything we do; bless this house for us to be your symbol in the world.  Amen.

1 Kings 8:22-30

Psalm 84 or Psalm 122

1 Peter 2:1-10

John 2:13-22

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From Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

Jesus, you are here for us, who gather in your name; lead us on in faith to reach out in hope, in self-denying, cross-bearing love to build your church.  Amen.

or

(for a synod)

Everloving God, you have given your Holy Spirit to your church to lead us into all truth; bless with your Spirit’s gracious presence the members of this synod; keep us/them steadfast and united in love, that we/they may reveal your glory and prepare the way for your commonwealth of love; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.  Amen.

or

(for a conference)

Gracious and eternal God, you guide those who trust you, you give us light upon our path; give us in all our uncertainties the wisdom to know your way, that by your Spirit at work in us we may not stumble, but walk in your truth; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.  Amen.

Numbers 9:15-23 or Micah 6:6-8

Psalm 19:7-14 or Psalm 25:1-9

2 Corinthians 4:1-10 or Philippians 2:1-11

Luke 14:27-33 or John 15:1-8

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From Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

Almighty God, you have built up your Church through the love and devotion of your saints; we give you thanks for your servant ___________, whom we commemorate today.  Inspire us to follow his/her example that like him/her we may in our day rejoice in the vision of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Proverbs 8:1-11 or Micah 6:6-8 or Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 2:1-11

Psalm 34 or Psalm 119:1-8

2 Corinthians 4:11-18 or Ephesians 6:11-18 or Philippians 4:4-9

Matthew 19:16-21 or Matthew 25:31-46 or Luke 6:17-23

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

O God, make the doorway of this house wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship; narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride, and strife.  Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling block to children, or barrier to the elderly and disabled.  Let its door be rugged and strong to turn back the tempter’s power, but open and inviting to those who are your guests.  God, make this house the doorway to your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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From Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

Lord God, you have surrounded us with so great a cloud of witnesses.  Grant that we may [enccouraged by the example of your servant/s N.], may persevere in the course that is set before us and, at the last, share in your eternal joy with all the saints in light, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Micah 6:6-8

Psalm 9:1-10

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Luke 6:20-23

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From Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

Gracious God, in every age you have sent men and women who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth.  Inspire us with the memory of N., whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross, and give us courage to bear full witness with our lives to your Son’s victory over sin and death, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Ezekiel 20:40-42

Psalm 5

Revelation 6:9

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From Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

God of grace and glory, we praise you for your servant/s N., who made the good news known [in X].  Raise up, we pray, in every country, heralds of your gospel, so that the world may know the immeasurable riches of your love, and be drawn to worship you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Isaiah 62:1-7

Psalm 48

Romans 10:11-17

Luke 24:44-53

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From Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

Almighty God, we praise you for your servant/s N., through whom you have called the church to its tasks and renewed its life.  Raise up in our own day teachers and prophets inspired by your Spirit, whose voices will give strength to your church and proclaim the reality of your reign, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Jeremiah 1:4-10

Psalm 46

1 Corinthians 3:11-23

Mark 10:35-45

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From Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

Heavenly Father, shepherd of your people, we thank you for your servant N., who was faithful in the care and nurture of your flock.  We pray that, following his/her example and the teaching of his/her holy life, we may by you grace attain our full maturity in Christ, through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

OR

Almighty God, you have raised up faithful bishops of your church, including your servant N. May the memory of his/her life be a source of joy for us and a bulwark of our faith, so that we may serve and confess your name before the world, so that we may serve  and confess your name before the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Ezekiel 34:11-16 or Acts 20:17-35

Psalm 84

1 Peter 5:1-4 or Ephesians 3:14-21

John 21:15-17 or Matthew 24:42-47

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From Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

Almighty God, your Holy Spirit gives to me the word of knowledge, and to another the insight of wisdom, and to another the steadfastness of faith.  We praise you for the gifts of grace imparted to your servant N., and we pray that by his/her teaching we may be led to a fuller knowledge of the truth we have seen in your Son Jesus, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Proverbs 3:1-7 or Wisdom 7:7-14

Psalm 119:89-104

1 Corinthians 2:6-10, 13-16 or 1 Corinthians 3:5-11

John 17:18-23 or Matthew 13:47-52

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace.  So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your name. Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

O God, through the ages you called women and men to the diaconate in your church.   Let your blessing rest now on all who answer that call.  Grant them understanding of the gospel, sincerity of purpose, diligence in ministry, and the beauty of life in Christ, that many people will be served and your name be glorified; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

God, confront us in this time of worship.

Confront us with the fears we hold so tightly, the favorite sins to which we cling.

Confront us with our closedness.

Knock at all the locked doors of our hearts.

Do not let us rest until you gain entrance.

Tell us the painful truth about ourselves that we might receive the truth of Christ–the very truth that will set us free.

Amen.

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From the Book of Common Worship (1993), of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

God of our lives, by the power of your Holy Spirit we have been drawn together by one baptism into one faith, serving one Lord and Savior.  Do not let us tear away from one another through division or hard argument.  May your peace embrace our difference, preserving us in unity, as one body in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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I have modernized language and modified some punctuation from The Book of Worship of Church and Home (1965), of The Methodist Church.

O Almighty God, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to break down every wall of partition, and you created in him unity by reconciling all people to yourself in one body through the cross.  Hear us, we beseech you, who maintain old walls, and build new ones, so separating ourselves from the other and bringing the cross to open shame.  Remove far from us, we pray, all false pride and worldly ambition, that being kindly affectioned one toward another, and in honor preferring one another, we may worship you in spirit and in truth, one people of God; to the glory of your holy name.  Amen.

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I have updated archaic language and altered some punctuation from The Book of Worship for Church and Home (1965), of The Methodist Church.

O Lord Jesus Christ, you prayed that your Church might be one as you and the Father are one.  Make us who profess one Lord, one faith, and one Baptism, to be of one heart and of one mind.  Deliver us from blindness and prejudice, from intolerance and evil-speaking, that, joined in one holy bond of faith and charity, we may be reconciled to one another, and so make your praise glorious; through your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.  Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Holy God, giver of peace, author of truth: we confess that we are divided and at odds with one another, that a bad spirit has risen among us, and set us against your Holy Spirit of peace and love.  Take from this congregation mistrust, party spirit, contention, and all evil that now divides us.  Work in us a desire for reconciliation, so that, putting aside personal grievances, we may go about your business with a single mind, devoted to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Most holy God, your majesty is exceeded only by your love; grant us, in this our worship of you, penitence in the presence of your holiness, reverence at the thought of your majesty, and confidence in the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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